List of NCAA National Champions

List of NCAA National Champions

The first NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament took place in 1939, featuring 8 teams playing in single-elimination format and culminating in the Oregon Ducks defeating the Ohio State Buckeyes 46-33 to win the NCAA National Championship. The NCAA Tournament has grown in size considerably since then, first expanding to 16 teams in 1951, 32 teams in 1975, 64 teams in 1985 and the current 68-team field in 2011 (with some additional changes along the way). The Tournament is now known as the Big Dance or March Madness, with most games taking place in March while the Final Four & National Title games are in early April. See also: NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player (MOP)

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Below is a list of NCAA National Champions, Runners-Up, Final Four participants and the coaches for each team:

Year National Champion / Coach Runner-Up / Coach Final Four / Coaches
1939 Oregon Ducks Ohio State Buckeyes Oklahoma Sooners Villanova Wildcats
Howard Hobson Harold Olsen Bruce Drake Alex Severance
1940 Indiana Hoosiers Kansas Jayhawks Duquesne Dukes USC Trojans
Branch McCracken Phog Allen Chick Davies Sam Barry
1941 Wisconsin Badgers Washington State Cougars Pittsburgh Panthers Arkansas Razorbacks
Bud Foster Jack Friel Doc Carlson Glen Rose
1942 Stanford Cardinal Dartmouth Big Green Kentucky Wildcats Colorado Buffaloes
Everett Dean Ozzie Cowles Adolph Rupp Frosty Cox
1943 Wyoming Cowboys Georgetown Hoyas DePaul Blue Demons Texas Longhorns
Everett Shelton Elmer Ripley Ray Meyer Bully Gilstrap
1944 Utah Utes Dartmouth Big Green Ohio State Buckeyes Iowa State Cyclones
Vadal Peterson Earl Brown Harold Olsen Louis Menze
1945 Oklahoma A&M Aggies NYU Violets Ohio State Buckeyes Arkansas Razorbacks
Henry Iba Howard Cann Harold Olsen Eugene Lambert
1946 Oklahoma A&M Aggies (2) North Carolina Tar Heels Ohio State Buckeyes California Golden Bears
Henry Iba (2) Ben Carnevale Harold Olsen Nibs Price
1947 Holy Cross Crusaders Oklahoma Sooners CCNY Beavers Texas Longhorns
Doggie Julian Bruce Drake Nat Holman Jack Gray
1948 Kentucky Wildcats Baylor Bears Holy Cross Crusaders Kansas State Wildcats
Adolph Rupp Bill Henderson Doggie Julian Jack Gardner
1949 Kentucky Wildcats (2) Oklahoma A&M Aggies Illinois Fighting Illini Oregon State Beavers
Adolph Rupp (2) Henry Iba Harry Combes Slats Gill
1950 CCNY Beavers Bradley Braves NC State Wolfpack Baylor Bears
Nat Holman Forddy Anderson Everett Case Bill Henderson
1951 Kentucky Wildcats (3) Kansas State Wildcats Illinois Fighting Illini Oklahoma A&M Aggies
Adolph Rupp (3) Jack Gardner Harry Combes Henry Iba
1952 Kansas Jayhawks St. John’s Red Storm Illinois Fighting Illini Santa Clara Broncos
Phog Allen Frank McGuire Harry Combes Bob Feerick
1953 Indiana Hoosiers (2) Kansas Jayhawks LSU Tigers Washington Huskies
Branch McCracken (2) Phog Allen Harry Rabenhorst Tippy Dye
1954 La Salle Explorers Bradley Braves Penn State Nittany Lions USC Trojans
Ken Loeffler Forddy Anderson Elmer Gross Forrest Twogood
1955 San Francisco Dons La Salle Explorers Iowa Hawkeyes Colorado Buffaloes
Phil Woolpert Ken Loeffler Bucky O’Connor Bebe Lee
1956 San Francisco Dons (2) Iowa Hawkeyes Temple Owls SMU Mustangs
Phil Woolpert (2) Bucky O’Connor Harry Litwack Doc Hayes
1957 North Carolina Tar Heels Kansas Jayhawks Michigan State Spartans San Francisco Dons
Frank McGuire Dick Harp Forddy Anderson Phil Woolpert
1958 Kentucky Wildcats (4) Seattle Redhawks Temple Owls Kansas State Wildcats
Adolph Rupp (4) John Castellani Harry Litwack Tex Winter
1959 California Golden Bears West Virginia Mountaineers Louisville Cardinals Cincinnati Bearcats
Pete Newell Fred Schaus Peck Hickman George Smith
1960 Ohio State Buckeyes California Golden Bears NYU Violets Cincinnati Bearcats
Fred Taylor Pete Newell Lou Rossini George Smith
1961 Cincinnati Bearcats Ohio State Buckeyes St. Joseph’s Hawks ** Utah Utes
Ed Jucker Fred Taylor Jack Ramsay ** Jack Gardner
1962 Cincinnati Bearcats (2) Ohio State Buckeyes Wake Forest Demon Deacons UCLA Bruins
Ed Jucker (2) Fred Taylor Bones McKinney John Wooden
1963 Loyola (IL) Ramblers Cincinnati Bearcats Duke Blue Devils Oregon State Beavers
George Ireland Ed Jucker Vic Bubas Slats Gill
1964 UCLA Bruins Duke Blue Devils Michigan Wolverines Kansas State Wildcats
John Wooden Vic Bubas Dave Strack Tex Winter
1965 UCLA Bruins (2) Michigan Wolverines Princeton Tigers Wichita State Shockers
John Wooden (2) Dave Strack Butch van Breda Kolff Gary Thompson
1966 Texas Western Miners Kentucky Wildcats Duke Blue Devils Utah Utes
Don Haskins Adolph Rupp Vic Bubas Jack Gardner
1967 UCLA Bruins (3) Dayton Flyers North Carolina Tar Heels Houston Cougars
John Wooden (3) Don Donoher Dean Smith Guy Lewis
1968 UCLA Bruins (4) North Carolina Tar Heels Ohio State Buckeyes Houston Cougars
John Wooden (4) Dean Smith Fred Taylor Guy Lewis
1969 UCLA Bruins (5) Purdue Boilermakers North Carolina Tar Heels Drake Bulldogs
John Wooden (5) George King Dean Smith Maury John
1970 UCLA Bruins (6) Jacksonville Dolphins St. Bonaventure Bonnies New Mexico State Aggies
John Wooden (6) Joe Williams Larry Weise Lou Henson
1971 UCLA Bruins (7) Villanova Wildcats ** Western Kentucky Hilltoppers ** Kansas Jayhawks
John Wooden (7) Jack Kraft ** John Oldham ** Ted Owens
1972 UCLA Bruins (8) Florida State Seminoles North Carolina Tar Heels Louisville Cardinals
John Wooden (8) Hugh Durham Dean Smith Denny Crum
1973 UCLA Bruins (9) Memphis State Tigers Providence Friars Indiana Hoosiers
John Wooden (9) Gene Bartow Dave Gavitt Bob Knight
1974 NC State Wolfpack Marquette Warriors UCLA Bruins Kansas Jayhawks
Norm Sloan Al McGuire John Wooden Ted Owens
1975 UCLA Bruins (10) Kentucky Wildcats Syracuse Orange Louisville Cardinals
John Wooden (10) Joe B. Hall Roy Danforth Denny Crum
1976 Indiana Hoosiers (3) Michigan Wolverines Rutgers Scarlet Knights UCLA Bruins
Bob Knight Johnny Orr Tom Young Gene Bartow
1977 Marquette Warriors North Carolina Tar Heels UNLV Runnin’ Rebels UNC Charlotte 49ers
Al McGuire Dean Smith Jerry Tarkanian Lee Rose
1978 Kentucky Wildcats (5) Duke Blue Devils Notre Dame Fighting Irish Arkansas Razorbacks
Joe B. Hall Bill E. Foster Digger Phelps Eddie Sutton
1979 Michigan State Spartans Indiana State Sycamores Penn Quakers DePaul Blue Demons
Jud Heathcote Bill Hodges Bob Weinhauer Ray Meyer
1980 Louisville Cardinals UCLA Bruins ** Iowa Hawkeyes Purdue Boilermakers
Denny Crum Larry Brown ** Lute Olson Lee Rose
1981 Indiana Hoosiers (4) North Carolina Tar Heels Virginia Cavaliers LSU Tigers
Bob Knight (2) Dean Smith Terry Holland Dale Brown
1982 North Carolina Tar Heels (2) Georgetown Hoyas Houston Cougars Louisville Cardinals
Dean Smith John Thompson Guy Lewis Denny Crum
1983 NC State Wolfpack (2) Houston Cougars Georgia Bulldogs Louisville Cardinals
Jim Valvano Guy Lewis Hugh Durham Denny Crum
1984 Georgetown Hoyas Houston Cougars Virginia Cavaliers Kentucky Wildcats
John Thompson Guy Lewis Terry Holland Joe B. Hall
1985 Villanova Wildcats Georgetown Hoyas St. John’s Red Storm Memphis State Tigers **
Rollie Massimino John Thompson Lou Carnesecca Dana Kirk **
1986 Louisville Cardinals (2) Duke Blue Devils Kansas Jayhawks LSU Tigers
Denny Crum (2) Mike Krzyzewski Larry Brown Dale Brown
1987 Indiana Hoosiers (5) Syracuse Orange Providence Friars UNLV Runnin’ Rebels
Bob Knight (3) Jim Boeheim Rick Pitino Jerry Tarkanian
1988 Kansas Jayhawks (2) Oklahoma Sooners Duke Blue Devils Arizona Wildcats
Larry Brown Billy Tubbs Mike Krzyzewski Lute Olson
1989 Michigan Wolverines Seton Hall Pirates Duke Blue Devils Illinois Fighting Illini
Steve Fisher P. J. Carlesimo Mike Krzyzewski Lou Henson
1990 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels Duke Blue Devils Arkansas Razorbacks Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Jerry Tarkanian Mike Krzyzewski Nolan Richardson Bobby Cremins
1991 Duke Blue Devils Kansas Jayhawks North Carolina Tar Heels UNLV Runnin’ Rebels
Mike Krzyzewski Roy Williams Dean Smith Jerry Tarkanian
1992 Duke Blue Devils (2) Michigan Wolverines ** Indiana Hoosiers Cincinnati Bearcats
Mike Krzyzewski (2) Steve Fisher ** Bob Knight Bob Huggins
1993 North Carolina Tar Heels (3) Michigan Wolverines ** Kansas Jayhawks Kentucky Wildcats
Dean Smith (2) Steve Fisher ** Roy Williams Rick Pitino
1994 Arkansas Razorbacks Duke Blue Devils Florida Gators Arizona Wildcats
Nolan Richardson Mike Krzyzewski Lon Kruger Lute Olson
1995 UCLA Bruins (11) Arkansas Razorbacks Oklahoma State Cowboys North Carolina Tar Heels
Jim Harrick Nolan Richardson Eddie Sutton Dean Smith
1996 Kentucky Wildcats (6) Syracuse Orange Massachusetts Minutemen ** Mississippi State Bulldogs
Rick Pitino Jim Boeheim John Calipari ** Richard Williams
1997 Arizona Wildcats Kentucky Wildcats North Carolina Tar Heels Minnesota Golden Gophers **
Lute Olson Rick Pitino Dean Smith Clem Haskins **
1998 Kentucky Wildcats (7) Utah Utes North Carolina Tar Heels Stanford Cardinal
Tubby Smith Rick Majerus Bill Guthridge Mike Montgomery
1999 Connecticut Huskies Duke Blue Devils Michigan State Spartans Ohio State Buckeyes **
Jim Calhoun Mike Krzyzewski Tom Izzo Jim O’Brien **
2000 Michigan State Spartans (2) Florida Gators North Carolina Tar Heels Wisconsin Badgers
Tom Izzo Billy Donovan Bill Guthridge Dick Bennett
2001 Duke Blue Devils (3) Arizona Wildcats Maryland Terrapins Michigan State Spartans
Mike Krzyzewski (3) Lute Olson Gary Williams Tom Izzo
2002 Maryland Terrapins Indiana Hoosiers Kansas Jayhawks Oklahoma Sooners
Gary Williams Mike Davis Roy Williams Kelvin Sampson
2003 Syracuse Orange Kansas Jayhawks Texas Longhorns Marquette Golden Eagles
Jim Boeheim Roy Williams Rick Barnes Tom Crean
2004 Connecticut Huskies (2) Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Oklahoma State Cowboys Duke Blue Devils
Jim Calhoun (2) Paul Hewitt Eddie Sutton Mike Krzyzewski
2005 North Carolina Tar Heels (4) Illinois Fighting Illini Louisville Cardinals Michigan State Spartans
Roy Williams Bruce Weber Rick Pitino Tom Izzo
2006 Florida Gators UCLA Bruins LSU Tigers George Mason Patriots
Billy Donovan Ben Howland John Brady Jim Larrañaga
2007 Florida Gators (2) Ohio State Buckeyes UCLA Bruins Georgetown Hoyas
Billy Donovan (2) Thad Matta Ben Howland John Thompson III
2008 Kansas Jayhawks (3) Memphis Tigers ** North Carolina Tar Heels UCLA Bruins
Bill Self John Calipari ** Roy Williams Ben Howland
2009 North Carolina Tar Heels (5) Michigan State Spartans Connecticut Huskies Villanova Wildcats
Roy Williams (2) Tom Izzo Jim Calhoun Jay Wright
2010 Duke Blue Devils (4) Butler Bulldogs Michigan State Spartans West Virginia Mountaineers
Mike Krzyzewski (4) Brad Stevens Tom Izzo Bob Huggins
2011 Connecticut Huskies (3) Butler Bulldogs Kentucky Wildcats VCU Rams
Jim Calhoun (3) Brad Stevens John Calipari Shaka Smart
2012 Kentucky Wildcats (8) Kansas Jayhawks Louisville Cardinals ** Ohio State Buckeyes
John Calipari Bill Self Rick Pitino ** Thad Matta
2013 Louisville Cardinals ** Michigan Wolverines Wichita State Shockers Syracuse Orange
Rick Pitino ** John Beilein Gregg Marshall Jim Boeheim
2014 Connecticut Huskies (4) Kentucky Wildcats Florida Gators Wisconsin Badgers
Kevin Ollie John Calipari Billy Donovan Bo Ryan
2015 Duke Blue Devils (5) Wisconsin Badgers Kentucky Wildcats Michigan State Spartans
Mike Krzyzewski (5) Bo Ryan John Calipari Tom Izzo
2016 Villanova Wildcats (2) North Carolina Tar Heels Oklahoma Sooners Syracuse Orange
Jay Wright Roy Williams Lon Kruger Jim Boeheim
2017 North Carolina Tar Heels (6) Gonzaga Bulldogs South Carolina Gamecocks Oregon Ducks
Roy Williams (3) Mark Few Frank Martin Dana Altman
2018 Villanova Wildcats (3) Michigan Wolverines Loyola (IL) Ramblers Kansas Jayhawks **
Jay Wright (2) John Beilein Porter Moser Bill Self **
2019 Virginia Cavaliers Texas Tech Red Raiders Michigan State Spartans Auburn Tigers
Tony Bennett Chris Beard Tom Izzo Bruce Pearl
tournament cancelled
due to COVID-19 pandemic
Baylor Bears Gonzaga Bulldogs UCLA Bruins Houston Cougars
Scott Drew Mark Few Mick Cronin Kelvin Sampson
2022 Kansas Jayhawks (4) North Carolina Tar Heels Duke Blue Devils Villanova Wildcats
Bill Self (2) Hubert Davis Mike Krzyzewski Jay Wright
2023 Connecticut Huskies (5) San Diego State Florida Atlantic Miami (FL)
Dan Hurley Brian Dutcher Dusty May Jim Larrañaga
Connecticut Huskies (6) Purdue Boilermakers Alabama Crimson Tide NC State Wolfpack
Dan Hurley (2) Matt Painter Nate Oats Kevin Keatts


** these appearances were later vacated by the NCAA, and therefore are not counted towards either the team’s or coach’s totals


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